Italian Town Emerges From Water For The First Time In 70 Years

The 14th-century town of Curon Ventosa is a modern-day Atlantis rising from under the water after 70 years.

An underwater village in Italy has finally resurfaced. The 14th-century town of Curon Ventosa is a modern-day Atlantis rising from under the water.

Roughly five years after WW2 ended, a dam was under construction in the Italian alpine village in order to produce hydroelectric energy. The point of the project was to combine the three natural basins at the Resia Pass: Lake Resia and Lake Curon.

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However, in order to do this, Curon Ventosa would have to be flooded. The village’s residents opposed the project, however, their protests were ignored.

Eventually, the village, which dated back to the year 1357, was flooded and all that peered out from the water in the artificial lake was the town’s old bell tower.

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The lake is located in Italy’s South Tyrol region, which is on the border of Austria and Switzerland. It was drained in order to carry out repairs, however, this ended up giving the world a glimpse into a town that had not been seen in years.

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As the BBC reports, the locals were able to return and explore the former city’s remnants. Naturally, this exploration immediately went online through various social media posts.

Photo: Twitter/AvventuraL
Photo: Twitter/AvventuraL
Photo: Twitter/AvventuraL
Photo: Twitter/AvventuraL

Prior to the lake being drained, there was a fair amount of tourism to the region – mainly to see the bell tower that was in the middle of the lake. The now-famous landmark was even featured as an inspiration for Curon, a Netflix series.